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The Art of Interviewing Southern States University Career Services Department
What is an “interview?” Essentially the interview is the final step in the hiring process. It is the one-on-one/face-to-face to see if you are who you say you are. Most importantly, it is the true first impression that will make or break securing the position.
Preparation is the key! As with anything that is worthwhile – prepare ahead of time. Review your resume and know the answer behind each point you have listed Have a clear-cut answer to questions on: Previous job responsibilities Work environment of last position Why you left last position Why you applied for the position you are interviewing for
Things to consider… Enthusiasm Leave no doubt as to your level of interest in the job. Employers often choose the more enthusiastic candidate in the case of a two-way tie. Technical interest Employers look for people who love what they do, and get excited by the prospect of tearing into the nitty-gritty of the job. Confidence No one likes a braggart, but the candidate who's sure of his/her abilities will almost certainly be more favorably received. Intensity The last thing you want to do is come across as "flat" in your interview.
A Basic Strategy Interviews involves the exchange of tangible information, make sure to: Present your background in a thorough and accurate manner Link your abilities with the company needs in the mind of the employer Build a strong case for why the company should hire you
A Basic Strategy There are two ways to answer interview questions: The short version Depending on the question; a short concise answer is better. The long version Some questions are less open-ended and may require a longer in- depth answer. Hint: Try to keep answers to no more than minute to minute and a half in length. Don’t bore the interviewer.
When they ask you for questions… Candidate questions are the lifeblood of any successful interview, because they: Create dialogue Clarify your understanding of the company and the position responsibilities Indicate your grasp of the fundamental issues discussed so far Reveal your ability to probe beyond the superficial Shows your enthusiasm for the position
Typical Questions… There are four types of questions they ask: 1. Resume questions Verifying that the resume is yours, not someone else’s 2. Self-appraisal questions Example: “What do you feel is your greatest asset?” 3. Situation questions Concerning how would you act in certain situations 4. Stress or “psych” questions Designed to evaluate your emotional reflexes, creativity under stressful conditions.
Hands-on Exercise Using the handout of “Typical Questions” read through them and write out your answers Take 6 minutes or so Be prepared to read your answers aloud when called upon.